NE Ind. county sees surge in tuberculosis cases

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A northeastern Indiana county that's home to Fort Wayne saw its tuberculosis cases soar last year to 16 cases, quadruple the number of cases reported in 2011.

The Journal Gazette reports ( ) that Allen County health department statistics show that the county's tuberculosis cases had been on the decline for the past five years. Fort Wayne-Allen County health commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan says the county's TB cases hit an all-time low of four reported cases in 2011 before last year's numbers spiked to 16.

TB is a bacterial disease that usually attacks the lungs and can be fatal if not treated properly. It affected a total of 100 Hoosiers and about 11,180 Americans in 2012.


Information from: The Journal Gazette,

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